The great outdoors: How time spent in nature impacts your cardio health Posted on May 29, 2017 by , 0 comments

Time in nature can do a multitude of things to support our health. Sunlight can give us an added boost of vitamin D, fresh air can clear our minds and energize us, and a brisk walk or easy bike ride can give us just the right amount of low-impact exercise. But how exactly does time in nature impact our cardio health? It’s all about the mind and relaxation.

When we spend time in nature, we are removed from screens, stressors, and most anything that measures time, strides, or miles (think gym equipment and smartphones). Being...

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Back to Bed: What you can do on those restless nights to get back to sleep Posted on May 15, 2017 by , 0 comments

Sleep patterns, duration, quality and habits change throughout our lifetimes. While it may have been easy to fall asleep and stay asleep in our twenties, it may become a bit of a daunting task in our forties. For many, it’s the inability to go back to sleep during the night that is the most challenging. We have put together our favorite ways to handle restless sleep at any age. Here’s how:

  1. Address and change what wakes you 
    For some people, their rooms might not be dark enough, cool enough, or quiet enough for a full night...
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The Power of Relaxation: How relaxation, sleep and mindfulness impact our physical health Posted on May 01, 2017 by , 0 comments

Diet, exercise, and a carefully selected supplement regimen can do worlds of good for our health. The right balance of these three can support serotonin levels in the brain, nourish our cells, and give us greater focus at work. While diet, exercise, and supplements do support a strong foundation for good health, achieving good sleep, relaxation and mindfulness can exponentially amplify those benefits. Like most things, however, it can take some time and effort to master these habits to reap the full benefits. Here’s how:

All work and no play is bad for your health. Human...

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Fall in love with taking care of yourself Posted on April 17, 2017 by , 0 comments

It may seem like it’s been overstated, but it really is true—when you take care of yourself, you are better able to take care of others. This can be really hard for some people to put into practice (I’m looking at you, parents), but if you can see how others improve because of the way you’ve improved upon taking care of yourself, you can be both reassured and motivated to keep going. Here’s how to get started:

Start with empathy
View taking care of yourself the same way you would view taking care of a loved one....

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Teaching kids and yourself willpower—it’s harder than you’d think Posted on April 03, 2017 by , 0 comments

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Willpower comes packaged in a variety of names: self-discipline, impulse control, grit, or self-control. It is the key to working towards a goal through a series of smaller victories, like working out, eating healthy, taking our daily supplements, or completing a big project. Willpower is something that is learned and can impact a child throughout their lifetimes. And teaching the next generation about willpower to our kids or grandkids gives back to us by strengthening our own willpower. But willpower is not something that is learned overnight. Teaching willpower takes...

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How much water should you be drinking each day? Posted on March 27, 2017 by , 0 comments

It depends. For human beings, water is not an option. We are made of 60% water and literally need it to survive, but we lose water constantly throughout the day regardless of what we are doing. The general rule is to get eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day or, even more simply, to drink when we are thirsty. But not every day is exactly the same as the next—some days we need more water based on the amount we exercise, the weather, and what we drink or eat.

So how can we tell if we...

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How does exercise impact our cardio health and why Posted on March 20, 2017 by , 0 comments

Exercise is part of the puzzle when it comes to sleep, clarity and focus, weight management, work performance, stamina, emotional and mental health, and cardiovascular health. But why is this? Specifically, why and how does exercise impact our cardio health? And which exercises are best? 

Understanding the mechanics of heart health

When we exercise the body directs blood flow away from areas that aren’t being utilized in favor of the large muscle groups that are. When we do cardiovascular exercises that raise the heart rate, such as running or jogging, blood flow is still directed to the muscles doing the...

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Plant-Based Protein vs. Animal-Based Protein: What is right for you? Posted on March 13, 2017 by , 0 comments

The battle between animal-based protein and plant-based protein continues to rage on. One camp believes that animal-based protein is harmful to human health while the other believes it is superior to its plant-based counterpart. Another group remains steadfast that animal-based protein is better for the human body because it more similar to our own proteins, thereby making it easier for our bodies to use. Meanwhile yet others wants to save the planet by converting as many people as possible to plant-based protein.

If you are at a loss when it comes to the sociocultural, environmental, and personal impact of which...

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Our Guide to Choosing the Right Sweetener Posted on February 20, 2017 by , 0 comments

Into every well-meaning, health-conscious, natural living baker’s life a little controversy must fall. And when it comes to sweeteners, things can get downright ugly out there. So, when it comes to baking and pleasing a crowd, what do you reach for? Honey? Agave? Coconut sugar? What will do the recipe justice while still honoring your health goals? Before you head to the grocery store, take a look at our sweetener guide to help you decide what’s right for your family.

A word of caution before you start: consider the recipe

Some recipes (especially your grandmother’s) may not respond well to...

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Your guide to the best (and healthiest) winter comfort food Posted on February 13, 2017 by , 0 comments

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean we don’t need some comfort food now and again. But there is no reason that comfort food should be heavy, unhealthy, or slow us down. We have come up with our favorite list of healthy comfort foods to get you through the rest of winter so that you can be ready to go this spring. Read on for our take on what ‘comfort’ food should really be.

Morning Comfort

For a lot of people, cold weather can be irritating to skin and joints. Long, cold, icy days outside can also require a...

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